Army Sports Awards 2017: Team of the Year nominees

It has been an impressive year for the sporting achievements of the British Army and here Forces Network takes a look at those in the running for the 2017 Army Sports Awards.

For evidence of the success of women's sport in the Army this year you need look no further than the Team of the Year category...

Women's Squash Team


Army Sports Awards 2017 nominees: Women's squash team

Nominated for the Army Team of the Year going is the women's squash team, which has had an outstanding year.

The players won their fourth successive Inter-Services title and progressed for the first time to the National Club Championships finals, where they finished a brilliant fourth. 

They also took on and beat some of the best Army men in the Army Inter-Corps Championships.

One of the reasons for this success has been the focus over the past few years on the sport at a grassroots level, along with a developing partnership with England Squash.

Women's Swimming Team


Army Sports Awards 2017 nominees: Women's swimming team

This year, 2017 crowned two decades of achievement for Army women in the swimming pool.

Their 20th successive inter-services title was enhanced with an extraordinary 28 medals - including 11 gold - at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

Some of the team also helped smash a record for a 41-mile open water race around Jersey.

The squad of 12 is selected from all ranks. They currently hold five inter-services records and broke three more at this season's inter services championships. 

Women's Volleyball Team


Army Sports Awards 2017 nominees: Women's volleyball players

The final nominees for the award are the women's volleyball team, transformed over the past five years by head coach Nicky Mead  - who is herself up for a gong - and strength and conditioning coach Craig Watson.

Such has been their success that this year they achieved the triple-double.

In a continuation of their stunning success from previous seasons, they took home the Inter-Services and Crown Services titles for a third successive year.

Half the team were also selected for the fledgling UKAF team.

And this year, for the first time, the players entered the National League, finishing in the top third of the 12-team competition.

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